Creating a Map of Adipose Tissue Distribution and Automated Analysis for Plastic Surgery

The surgical practices involving fat are constantly evolving at the cutting edge of technology. Procedures involving fat manipulation, such as liposuction, contain a degree of subjectivity which is mainly guided by the surgeon's visual or tactile perception of the underlying fat. This lack of subjectivity raises an important issue regarding the surgeon's ability to replicate his work and predict the final results of the procedures. Moreover, there is currently no absolute method to measure the volume of the fat in real time effectively.

Development and validation of an automated diagnostic tool for wound imaging - Year two

Over 6.5 million people in North America live with chronic wounds which pose a burden on their quality of life and the healthcare system. Chronic wounds are estimated to cost over $30 billion per year. Swift Medical is a pioneer in point-of-care imaging for wounds. Their mobile apps allow the reliable and accurate measurement of wound characteristics, making it an ideal tool to track healing and identify healing patterns.

Population study of First Nations Communities and the Quebec population to determine HLA frequencies and common and rare haplotypes

The determination of HLA (Human Leukocyte Antigen) is of crucial importance for hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. The wide variability of the HLA system has some progressive advantages, but can make the search for compatible donors more complex for specific populations. While populations in the regions of Quebec were characterized several years ago for the HLA system, First Nations communities were not included in this study.

Development of a multiscale Monte Carlo based treatment planning system for patient specific dosimetry (DaRT-TPS)

With this proposal a software will be developed to enable delivery of a maximum amout of radiation to the tumour while sparing healthy tissues. This will benefit Canadian cancer patients as well as highly qualified personnel that will be trained in an interdisciplinary environment,

The development of an artificial intelligence-based platform to improve thecharacterization and the identification of unstable atherosclerotic plaques

Heart attacks and strokes are the leading causes of death and disability in the world. They are caused by the rupture of dangerous fatty deposits, called plaques, that build up in the arteries of the neck and heart. The only current method to identify whether a person is at risk of having a heart attack or stroke is to measure the narrowing of the artery caused by the plaque. However, this method is insufficient and leads to misdiagnosis or inappropriate treatment allocation.

Development of a Proof of Concept for a System to Increase Success Rates of Organ Transplant and Donation Matches

Transplantation is the preferred treatment for patients whose kidneys have failed. There is an ever-growing gap between patients in need for a transplant and available donors. In response to this need, there has been an increase transplantation of donors who experienced circulatory determined death (DCD). However, many potential DCD donors fail to end up in transplantation.

Plant-based virucidal coatings for protective masks

The role of PPE in saving countless millions of lives of have been somewhat taken for granted because they are ubiquitous and relatively simple, leading them to be neglected as an active research area. There is limited personal protective equipment that have been developed to effectively protect against viruses in relatively fast contact times. Protective mask filtration is generally accepted to vastly reduce transmission but do not effectively inactivate viruses, and specialized coatings are needed in order to ensure viral inactivation to limit contamination within healthcare workflows.

Identifying and Prioritizing Difficult Systemic Sclerosis Health Care Decisions to Inform the Development of Patient Decision Aids

When faced with complicated treatment decisions, patients and health care providers can use patient decision aids to gain information about options and potential outcomes. Treatment for rare autoimmune diseases like systemic sclerosis can be overwhelming as there may be more than one treatment option, without one being clearly better than another.

Des crises humanitaires aux pandémies : la technologie à la rescousse

Qui aurait pu prévoir que les actions humanitaires lors du séisme de 2010 en Haïti viendraient éclairer, 10 ans plus tard, les démarches de chercheurs, d’entrepreneurs et de stagiaires Mitacs dans la crise de la COVID-19?

Lors de son déploiement au sein d’un hôpital de campagne de la Croix-Rouge après le tremblement de terre, le Dr Abdo Shabah voit le potentiel d’une utilisation accrue des technologies pour réussir des interventions d’urgence en santé.

Un bracelet spécial de surveillance à la COVID-19 et de suivi de contacts

Depuis le 27 juillet 2020, le nombre de cas de COVID-19 confirmés à travers le monde a atteint 16,3 millions de personnes, dont 114 000 cas au Canada. Entre deux et huit pour cent des cas de COVID-19 comportent des symptômes sévères qui mènent à la détresse respiratoire, à la défaillance des organes et même à la mort. Actuellement, les suivis médicaux réguliers se composent d’appels téléphoniques individuels afin de contrôler les signes vitaux du patient à distance.